'''Earl Conrad''' (17 December 1912 - 17 January 1986), birth name Cohen, was an American author who penned at least twenty works of biography
, and criticism
, including books in collaboration. At least one that he 'ghostwriter|ghost
' wrote was the biography of actor Errol Flynn
, titled ''My Wicked, Wicked Ways
Conrad was born to Eli and Minnie Cohen in Auburn, New York
, into a Jewish family with nine siblings. He was "reared in the Judaic tradition" but chose to Anglicize
his name when he began his career as a professional journalist. He wished to be a writer from a young age, and his early experience included a stint at the Auburn The Citizen (Auburn)|''Advertiser-Journal''
He worked as a journalist for the newspaper PM in New York City, and other papers. As the Harlem Bureau Chief for then Chicago Defender, he investigated lynchings in the south. This work brought him into contact with Heywood...